Future’s Past, 2010, laser cut steel, light, and an hourglass
Located on the southeast corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and I Street, NW
Visitors to Kate Raudenbush’s Future’s Past encounter a temple to technology, abandoned and consumed by nature. Referencing both the roots of trees and computer circuitry, this modern ruin is a meditation on technology and the environment’s vital role in our survival. The black pyramid evokes a Mayan temple, an homage to a collapsed culture and a reminder of the frailty of our own, while the tree alludes to the trees of Angkor temples and the sacred Bodhi tree, the fig tree under which Buddha found enlightenment. The hourglass inside the altar signals the urgency of our current technological evolution. Raudenbush, a self-taught Burning Man-bred sculpture artist, is based in New York City.
More info on the artist: http://www.kateraudenbush.com/